posted on Jun, 23 2012 @ 03:37 PM
a. I think that first you have to realize that until the invention of the printing press virtually the entire world was oral -- for anything you name
it was the exception that something be written, it was not the rule but the exception. Take your pick at a number but almost certainly something along
the lines of ~95% of Jesus' followers, even the leaders, could not read or write much more than their names.
b. Actually writing Jesus' teaching down starts comparatively early or spot on when looking at what we see with other major religions in a world with
little literacy. The first generation of followers have no real need for a written guidebook as they received their instructions from the founder, the
next generation begins to see serious disagreement and drift in message, people's recollections change etc. and the need for written scripture
Jesus d. 33, first written texts (Paul 50's, Gospels 90s)
Mohammed d.610, first written texts 690's (some scholars would say mid-700's)
Buddha d.480, first written texts 800's
Guru Nadak (Sikhism) d.1539 scriptual text ~1500 until 1708
Isaih d.~700ish, as wiki says of the Book of Isaih in the Torah and Bible it was written in three parts: the first, termed Proto-Isaiah (chapters
1–39), contains the words of the 8th-century BCE prophet with 7th-century BCE expansions; the second, Deutero-Isaiah (chapters 40–55), is the work
of a 6th-century BCE author writing near the end of the Babylonian captivity; and the third, the poetic Trito-Isaiah (chapters 56–66), was composed
in Jerusalem shortly after the return from exile, probably by multiple authors.
Christianity is not the exception on writing down teachings is the point.